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by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Resources


How Galvanic!

Want to know a lot about electricity and Frankenstein? Like, a lot? Check out the National Institute of Health's website.

In Depth

Want to know a lot—a lot about Frankenstein? Check out this annotated e-text, with references to clear up every question you could possibly ask about the novel.

Nothing But the Text

Just want to read the novel without any of that silly "learning" stuff? Check out this Gutenberg e-text.

Movie Magic

Everything you ever wanted to know about Frankenstein's movie history.

Movie or TV Productions

Happy Birthday!

One hundred years after the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, Hollywood came out with the classic movie, with Boris Karloff as the monster.

Star Power

You'd think this 1994 Kenneth Branagh joint—with Helena Bonham Carter and Robert De Niro—would have better reviews.

Frankenstein's Dog

Tim Burton does some movie magic in 2012's Frankenweenie. Come on, who wouldn't want to reanimate the corpse of their favorite dog?


Light My Fire

Two scholars discuss that pesky "spark of being."

Penetrating Nature

Scholar Anne Mellor looks at Frankenstein as a feminist critique of science.

Heat Up That Tea

Ready to curl up with some good reading? Check out this long, long list of articles that Frankenstein has inspired.


Thanks, Edison

Come on, what else are you going to do with the next 13 minutes than watch this (short) 1910 adaptation of Frankenstein?

It's Alive!

The iconic scene from the 1931 movie. (Better than the book? Worse? Just different?)

Classic Lite

Apparently, not everything Kenneth Branagh touches turns to gold.


Perfect For a Rainy Day

Here's NPR talking about the weather's effect on Frankenstein.

Put On Your Thinking Cap

BBC Radio 4 discusses vitalism (the idea that a "spark of being" keeps us all alive).

It's Free!

For the full effect of this audiobook, turn out the lights and listen in the dark.


Sweet Dreams

Artist John Henry Fuseli was more than friends with Mary Shelley's mom, Mary Wollstonecraft. Supposedly this painting, The Nightmare, inspired Shelley's description of the dead Elizabeth. (Notice that the demon is crouching right where her uterus would be?)

No Pictures?

The cover page for the first edition of Frankenstein isn't giving anything away.

Poor Monster

Here's Boris Karloff in 1931 as the original Frankenstein-monster. He doesn't look so bad.

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